January 26, 2022 – 15:38 AM
PanARMENIAN.Net – A major infrastructure problem has been solved in Arpi, a locality located next to the Yerevan-Goris highway. Since 2018, Viva-MTS and the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Properties (FPWC) have implemented several infrastructure development projects: the last stage of the introduction of the outdoor lighting system has been implemented in 2021. A total of 234 LED lighting systems have been installed in the colony. to provide exterior nocturnal light coverage for the entire village. About 9 km of streets have been equipped with lighting systems, of which 2.5 km have been installed in 2021 with a total of 62 lights. The community municipality of Areni has also invested in the implementation of this project. Today, thanks to a joint effort, the last stage of the installation of the lighting system has been completed at Arpi.
“This program is extremely important in terms of environmental concerns, energy efficiency, budget savings for the community and in terms of ensuring people’s safety, as well as from a psychological point of view. It enables us to ensure long-term results and also, to the extent of our means, to attenuate the persistent development gap between the capital and the regions. Infrastructure development, with everything I have listed, creates decent living conditions for people in remote areas. Our long-standing cooperation is rooted in these goals and the shared principles of corporate social responsibility. Big problems are solved by taking small steps,” said Ralph Yirikian, Managing Director of Viva-MTS.
“In 2021, we were able to achieve one of our many goals. Arpi is almost fully lit. Thanks to the project, the people of Arpi have a safer environment, which will also contribute to the revitalization of community life.” said Ruben Khachatryan, founding director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC).
For some of the villagers, however, life during the summer period was difficult, as the villagers had organized night shifts to protect their fellow citizens from bears entering the village territory. With the launch of a modern exterior lighting system, the village will be further protected from the possibility of being “targeted” by wild animals.
The introduction of energy-efficient outdoor lighting systems in remote areas is one of the important steps in the creation of the network of eco-villages in Armenia. This is one more step for the villages to engage in an approach aimed at creating a harmonious environment for both man and nature, and which is based on the environmental, economic, cultural and social components, the four pillars of sustainable development.
The operation of a modern energy-efficient lighting system is important from an environmental point of view and in terms of savings for the community.